Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Global firm tests Birmingham students

A group of students from Birmingham gained valuable firsthand science experience recently after visiting one of the most innovative food testing facilities in the UK .

Students from Swanshurst School , a specialist science college based in Billesley, were given the opportunity by Exova, one of the world’s leading testing and advisory businesses, to learn more about food testing.

A class of 30 students were introduced to the team at Exova’s flagship food testing laboratory on Monday April 4 in Birmingham and then given a tour of the plant.

Students were shown the testing capabilities of the facility through demonstrations of the laboratory testing equipment, which is equipped with the latest technology and operating quality standards.

Kate Clinton, supervising science teacher at Swanshurst School, said: “As a specialist science school, we were delighted to be welcomed by Exova. Firsthand experiences of testing laboratories are invaluable to students to understand how theory has been applied and so this day proved a real eye-opener to the students and will help them a great deal.”

Exova provides testing and advisory services to some of the world’s biggest companies in a variety of different sectors, including aerospace, pharmaceuticals and food.

The Birmingham laboratory is based in Great Barr and provides an advisory service to the food and consumer goods industries as well as testing for nutrition, food chemistry, pesticides and water.

Patrick McNamara, operations manager at Exova’s Birmingham laboratory, said: “The Exova food division is continually working on fascinating projects so it was a pleasure to demonstrate exactly what we do to the future innovators of the science sector. The students showed a great deal of interest and hopefully learnt a lot that they can take into their studies.”

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